Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Doyle Sailmakers has recently announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply the complete sail inventory for the all-new 60m Perini Navi yacht Hull C.2218. Luxury sailing yacht Hull C.2218 is a beautiful performance sloop, currently under construction. She is due to be completed in early 2014 and will make her debut at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket.
The inventory for the 60m Perini Navi superyacht Hull C.2218 encompasses a staggering 10,200 square meters (110,275 square feet) of sail area including what will be the world’s two largest spinnakers.
The order reinforces Doyle’s commitment and expertise in engineering some of the largest projects in the Superyacht industry including the sails aboard charter yacht Maltese Falcon and superyacht M5, two of the world’s largest and most sophisticated sailing yachts.
Essential to the success of this program will be the contribution of Doyle CFD’s analysis which is being used to model all aspects of the sail shapes and loading, completely integrating data from the boat’s hull and rig in real sailing conditions. This will ensure that the sails as well as the associated hardware are all up to the task of propelling this yacht through the water.
After several months of discussions, the final inventory was decided on after reviewing a number of possible combinations with an eye on smooth sail crossovers for an aggressive racing schedule the boat has planned. For upwind sailing, the Hull C.2218 yacht will have a 840 sqm mainsail which is complemented by a range of headsails – a reacher, a blade jib, a working jib, and then a Code 0 for light air conditions.
The upwind inventory will be constructed of Doyle’s proprietary Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous Superyachts. This technology will enable Doyle’s engineers and sailmakers in Salem to construct high performance sails with minimal weight.
Downwind is where the 60m mega yacht Hull C.2218 will really shine. “We looked at every material available for these spinnakers and realized that there wasn’t anything in existence that would deliver the performance we were looking for,” explains CEO Robbie Doyle. “We partnered with Dimension Polyant to develop a new high-performance Polyester spinnaker fabric that is reinforced with Dyneema for durability and burst strength.”
The new cloth allows the sails to be light and soft like a traditional spinnaker yet has tensile strength on par with other, heavier options. The addition of Dyneema to the cloth will ensure that the sail resists tears, essential to success on the Superyacht racing circuit. The 60m luxury yacht Hull C.2218 will have two spinnakers, one measuring in at 2448 sqm and the other at 2170 sqm. In addition, she will be equipped with a 643 sqm spinnaker staysail set with a top down furler.
“With this project we are fortunate to take everything we have learned in the last 30 years on both Superyachts and Grand-Prix race boats and put it all together in one package,” comments Doyle. “We are extremely excited to be working with the project management team at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Ron Holland Design to see this through its completion.”
The order caps a string of good news for Doyle Sailmakers in the Superyacht arena, highlighted by the recent debut of the 50m sailing yacht Ohana, new inventories for the 52m superyacht Prana, 45m luxury yacht Artemis, and the launch of the 40m Perini Navi superyacht State of Grace (hull C.2180) with a full Doyle inventory. When the 60m performance sailing yacht Hull C.2218 launches next year, it will be spectacular to see her perform.